I only have three weeks left of school- then I’m off to Morocco for a month. Throughout my middle school experience I have found many books about the horrors, terrors, and gruesome three years of middle school. Some of these books are fantastic- some are far from it. Here are five books I feel like exemplify my school experience (so far). Onto the next chapter!
Popular by Maya Van Wagenen
Written by teenager Maya Van Wagenen, Popular follows Maya as she navigates 8th grade while following Betty Cornell’s Guide to Teen Age Popularity. Awkwardly funny, Popular explores generational differences and what makes a modern teenager. Check out my full review here.
Falling into Place by Amy Zhang
Also written by a teenager (it’s no coincidence the best books about teenagers are also written by them), Falling into Place follows a teenage queen bee who decides to end her life. If you liked Before I Fall, you’ll love this. Check out my full review here.
The Graces by Laure Eve
The Graces is by no means a realistic depiction of high school. Often, it borders on fantasy. However, the underlying messages of wealth, class, and idolization of the rich are issues teenagers work through every day. Check out my full review here.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
With an unflinching, candid voice Starr Carter describes race relations and being one of two African American kids in her tony, white prep school. Starr’s inner commentary is funny yet insightful- I often found myself stopping my reading to think about what she said. Check out my full review here.
Hold Still by Nina LaCour
Nina LaCour’s debut about a girl reeling after her best friend’s suicide is a savvier, smarter, and better written alternative to the popular 13 Reasons Why. Check out my full review here.